Surprise: You don’t need eggs, oil, or dairy to make waffles or pancakes. Here, rolled oats are ground into a coarse flour for tender, textured waffles rich in nutty oatmeal flavor. The batter is thick so that it will hold its shape in a waffle iron, but you can also thin it with more plant milk to make it pourable enough for pancakes. For a healthy alternative to pancake syrup, try blending 2 cups of fresh berries into a smooth purée, then spooning it over your oat waffles.

From The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet

Oat Waffles


  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups unsweetened almond or oat milk
  • ⅓ cup mashed banana
  • Sliced bananas or other fresh fruit


  1. Combine the oats, flaxseeds, lemon zest, and cinnamon in a food processor or blender. Process or blend until a powder forms.
  2. Transfer oat mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in the almond milk and mashed banana, just until moistened (batter will be fairly thick).
  3. Preheat a nonstick waffle iron. Pour the batter into waffle iron and close lid quickly; do not open until done. Cook according to waffle iron directions. When done, use a fork or a wooden chopstick to lift waffle off the grid. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm with sliced bananas.

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Rip Esselstyn

Rip Esselstyn, son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, was a firefighter in the Austin fire department when he discovered dangerously high cholesterol levels among his firefighter comrades. He led a stationwide revolution of dietary change that resulted in markedly better health, which he detailed in his bestselling book, The Engine 2 Diet. Visit for updates from Rip.

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